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In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light opens at Giertz Gallery November 14th

Parkland College’s Giertz Gallery has announced the November 14th opening of In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light, curated by Patrick Earl Hammie, Black on Black on Black on Black co-curator and University of Illinois School of Art and Design Associate Professor and Chair of Studio Arts. 

Hammie, along with six other artists from across the U.S., will present work in a variety of forms including works on paper, installation, video, and mixed media. 

In this recent announcement ,Hammie shared the following thoughts about In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light:

“The exhibition centers around drawing as a technology from which artists speculate, recover, and collect communal histories, manifesting stories of desired futures from the margins of imagination into the realities of the everyday. Drawing serves as an instant gateway for dreaming, recording, and sharing ideas. It moved from a mainly private practice to a form that asks questions as equally bold as other media. The show’s title takes inspiration from DC’s Green Lantern Corps’ oath, ‘In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might, beware my power, Green Lantern’s light,’ from which members of the fictional space guardians access magical strength and gather the will to challenge adversaries using their imagination.”

Participating artist William Downs will give an artist talk at Krannert Art Museum at 6 p.m. on November 10th. 

An opening night reception with a curator’s talk by Hammie will take place at 6:15 p.m. on November 17th. On November 30th, Hammie will present an artist’s lecture at the William M. Staerkel Planetarium, Parkland College. In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light will run through February 28th. Get more information here.

In Blackest Shade, In Darkest Light
Giertz Gallery
Parkland College
2400 W Bradley Ave
November 14, 2022 – February 18, 2023
Opening Reception Nov 17th, 5:30 p.m.; curator’s talk 6:15 p.m.

Top image by Robert Pruitt, from the Parkland College Giertz Gallery website.

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